George Osborne refused to rule out a cut in the top rate of tax from 45p to 40p today as the Conservatives and Labour clashed over the economy.
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Friday 10 December 2010
The outlook for the US labour market brightened a little yesterday after official figures showed a greater than anticipated decline in the number of Americans making new claims for unemployment benefits last week.
Wednesday 08 December 2010
Thursday 18 November 2010
Inflation in America was slightly higher last month, but core consumer prices – which strip out the impact of volatile food and energy costs – rose at their slowest annual pace on record, official figures showed yesterday.
Sunday 07 November 2010
The Spanish government plans high-level meetings next week with private sector executives and labour representatives after the country reported zero growth in the third quarter.
Saturday 06 November 2010
Monday 01 November 2010
Proposals put forward by defence chiefs for "painful" cuts to the armed forces were vetoed by Labour ministers, it was claimed yesterday. Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup,former chief of the defence staff, said that plans to reduce fast jet aircraft, ships and Army equipment were all overruled.
Friday 22 October 2010
Secret medical documents released today backed official conclusions that weapons inspector David Kelly killed himself as the Government sought to end speculation over his death.
Saturday 16 October 2010
Thursday 14 October 2010
In one way it's business as usual at the Hampstead Theatre, a venue that draws its local audience from an area whose population is the densest in Europe – wait, the sentence isn't finished – with artists and writers. As before, the play takes on serious ideas and emotions but merely dabbles in them. But this first offering from Edward Hall, the new artistic director (who also directs the play) is a great step forward. While Hampstead plays, for the past several years, have delivered only irritation, dyspepsia and disbelief, Enlightenment is generous with entertainment – clever comedy, attractive and accomplished actors, a sparkling production. Rome wasn't built in a day.
Thursday 14 October 2010
Emergency payments to help thousands of Britain's poorest pensioners and families pay for heating during cold snaps may be cut as part of the Coalition Government's spending review.
Tuesday 05 October 2010
Tuesday 14 September 2010
The coalition government has been accused of a "major power grab" after announcing it will break more than 50 years of tradition by delaying the next Queen's Speech until 2012.
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Sunday 12 September 2010
Sir Kenneth Clucas: Valued senior civil servant who later championed the cause of Citizens’ Advice Bureaux
Wednesday 08 September 2010
Kenneth Clucas was one of the triumvirate of Permanent Secretaries appointed in the spring of 1974 when the incoming Labour Government broke up the old Department of Trade and Industry and created three departments out of it – Trade, Industry and Prices and Consumer Protection. Clucas got DPCP, not least due to a bit of wangling by Shirley Williams, the then-new Secretary of State. In her recent autobiography Climbing the Bookshelves she concludes "And that was how I came to get one of the best Permanent Secretaries in Whitehall".
Friday 03 September 2010
Investors are bracing themselves for another grim snapshot of the US labour market today, when the government is expected to confirm that unemployment is again on the rise.
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